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1876 Chromolithograph Jean Ramponaux Tavern Ramponneau Costume Inn XGGA9

1876 Chromolithograph Jean Ramponaux Tavern Ramponneau Costume Inn XGGA9

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This is an original 1876 two-color chromolithograph of the famous 18th century Ramponneau Tavern in Paris, France. The owner, Jean Ramponneau, enjoyed almost instant success when he decided to sell his wine for one coin less than his competitors. As a result, everybody flocked to his establishment. The poem, in French, references the popularity of the new tavern by mentioning that "suckling on the breast of peace and tasting pleasure; staying at home and enjoying gentle leisure.... these were the old methods of entertaining oneself."

The chromolithograph process is a planographic (flat surface, as opposed to raised or relief) printing method, which is employed in creating multiple colored prints. The technique involves drawing an image onto a stone or zinc plate with a grease-based crayon. The stone is then gummed with gum arabic and nitric acid. Then, the stone is inked with oil-based paints and run through a printing press in conjunction with a sheet of paper, which is used to transfer the image onto the paper. Color is added by utilizing a separate stone to draw where the color is to be applied. It then passes through the printing press with a separate sheet of paper to which it is transferred. If a particular artwork employs a variety of colors, it is not unusual for up to 25 stones to be used in the process. Each piece of paper will run through the printing press for each individual color needed. Dependent on the detail, care and amount of colors, each print may take skilled workers several months to create. However, the opposite is also true, if the prints do not employ a great number of colors or detail the product may be easily mass produced in a more cost and time effective manner.


This 135+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine+. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Chromolithograph; Two Color
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine+
  • Dimensions: Approximately 9.25 x 6.5 inches; 23 x 17 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is thrilled to offer items from an artistically illustrated collection of eighteenth century France. These stunning artworks encompass native customs, social activities, military personnel, historic ships, famous figures, stunning costumes, historic landmarks, weaponry and more between the years of 1700 and 1789. To view more images from this portfolio, please click on the link offered below the condition paragraph.

Keywords specific to this image: bar, pub, Magny